Monthly Archives: July 2018

Rebel Without a Clue – September 1, 1958



Sam leaps into Shane “Funny Bone” Thomas, a biker in a motorcycle gang. As Shane, Sam must prevent the death of Becky, the girlfriend of the lead biker of the gang.

Content warning: Given some of the events of the episode, we discuss sexual assault and rape, and how that conversation changed in the light of the “Me Too” movement.

We frequently use these references: Beyond the Mirror Image: The Observer’s Guide to Quantum Leap, available at http://www.lulu.com/us/en/shop/matt-dale/beyond-the-mirror-image/hardcover/product-23098157.html
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The Great Spontini – May 9, 1974



Sam leaps into Harry Spontini, a small-time magician with big dreams. Harry’s estranged wife, Maggie, returns with her new fiancé, and it turns out she wants custody of their daughter, Jamie. Sam must find a way to keep father and daughter together.

Sam and Dennis discuss the episode, talk way too much about the short-lived Bill Bixby series, The Magician, and Dennis knows way way too much about the Halloween franchise.

We frequently use these references: Beyond the Mirror Image: The Observer’s Guide to Quantum Leap, available at http://www.lulu.com/us/en/shop/matt-dale/beyond-the-mirror-image/hardcover/product-23098157.html
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Black on White on Fire – August 11, 1965



We often talk on this show about Quantum Leap episodes that haven’t aged well, especially with our more socially-conscious 2018 sensibilities. Here’s one that is – all too unfortunately – very timely. It almost feels like it could have been written today.

Sam leaps into Ray Harper, a young black medical student living in Watts, Los Angeles on August 11, 1965 – the day the Watts Riots begin. As Ray, Sam must help provide medical care to Watts citizens affected by the riots while trying to keep his white fiancé, Kim, safe. He also has to deal with Ray’s militant brother, Lonnie, who wants Ray to abandon his plans of leaving Watts with Kim for a medical internship in Boston, stay in Watts and help his own people.

L.A. actor, LaMont Anthony Hendrix joins us to discuss the episode – his first episode of QL ever.

We frequently use these references: Beyond the Mirror Image: The Observer’s Guide to Quantum Leap, available at http://www.lulu.com/us/en/shop/matt-dale/beyond-the-mirror-image/hardcover/product-23098157.html
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